Where the motion picture just surfaced a day in the life of our beloved awkward teenager, Fox network’s new Napoleon Dynamite cartoon series awesomely explores his everyday life! The premiere episodes exude very good quality. There are many elements in the television show that are consistent with the movie, like the way Napoleon runs or his reaction to getting shoved by the jock in the hallway. In one of these two pilots, there was a reference to foul language and possibly an innuendo, but the content of both were pretty clean, and the plot lines were relatable and interesting.
The storyline of the first episode “Thundercone” portrays a rival-infused relationship between Napoleon and Kip. What starts with a fight over the last piece of gas station chicken leads to Napoleon facing a breakout of zits on his forehead. He picks up some Rack-u-tane medicine to help, but in the process he experiences some crazy side effects like bursts of lust and unbridled rage. After a raging fit in gym class, Napoleon’s gym teacher recommends him to a “secretive” society called the Pioneer Punch Club, which is led by Rex, the town’s hulk-ish Tae Quon Do master. With another fit of unbridled rage, Napoleon wipes out the strongest men of the group and qualifies himself to compete in the Tundercone- the WWF smackdown challenge of the Pioneer Punch Club. In this competition, he takes on none other than his brother Kip, who has discovered the secret behind Napoleon’s strange behavior and channels it for himself. What was anticipated to be a bloodbath of a fight between the brothers turns into whipmish wrestling when the side effects wear off on Kip and they are chased away by an angry mob with Rex and his love, Starla, leading the way.
The other episode that premiered is titled “Scantronica Love”. For a science class assignment, Napoleon and his friends fill out scantron forms that would be fed to machine and pair them with their perfect mate based on the information given. The machine pairs Pedro with Summer, Deb with Don, and Napoleon with an Asian exchange student named Lokiko. They attempt to make the most of their matches, but there is little avail as Summer is hopelessly obsessed over Don, and Lokiko is not entirely impressed with Napoleon’s efforts to embrace her culture. Deb almost promises herself to Don in an extravagant, upper-middle class ceremony on a yacht, but changes her mind when his mother and sisters force Botox to her face. Napoleon, Pedro, and Summer crash the party, and get away on a jet ski boat.
Judging from these episodes, Napoleon Dynamite as a cartoon series is going to be very enjoyable. As mentioned in the first blog about the show-“Napoleon Dynamite is Back! Sweet!”-the original cast from the movie voices their own character. The new show respects their reputations and the reputation of the film. The fans will be impressed by this, and younger audiences and newcomers can enjoy it too! The next episode airs on January 29th at 8:30PM eastern time.